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The Amazing Health Benefits of Moringa And Side Effects Revealed

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How Moringa Can Benefit Your Health 

One of the best modern innovations is food fortification, and with that the ability to add value to foods at will, one of these major breakthrough creations comes in the form of powdered moringa. 

This amazing plant has a ton of essential vitamins and minerals along with some of the most neglected phyto-nutrients around. Here are excerpts from WebMed

Moringa is used for “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.

Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic.

Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.

Moringa Destroys Free Radicals

Moringa Protects Your Brain

Moringa Boosts Your Liver Health

  • The polyphenols, flavonoids, and all other anti-oxidants all contribute to restoring the liver enzymes to their appropriate levels, so that they can do their job more efficiently. Rather than depending on medicine, use moringa to contribute these anti-oxidants.

Moringa Nutritional Facts

According to Healthline.com Moringa Oleifera Is Very Nutritious

  • Protein: 2 grams.
  • Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA.
  • Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA.

While We Are At Vitamin A, Read the Following Literature

  1. Vitamin A deserves quite a bit of praise for its ability to keep your eyesight functioning.
  2. In some cases, vitamin A has helped fight damage that has been called by the Human Papillomavirus.
  3. It also preserves the health of your mucous membranes, which helps keep your body lubed in the right areas and expels foreign agents that can cause irritation.

What About the Side Effects of Moringa?

No one food can be beneficial for every person and moringa is no exception to this rule. Some of the side effects discussed are…

Anti-Fertility, Wellness Today calls Moringa a Natural Birth Control and women in their child bearing years should avoid it completely.

And Medical News Today discusses the following risks.

Levothyroxine: Used to combat thyroid problems. Compounds in the moringa leaf may aid the thyroid function, but people should not take it in combination with other thyroid medication.

Any medications that might be broken down by the liver: Moringa extract may decrease how quickly this happens, which could lead to various side effects or complications.

Diabetes medications: Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar, which moringa also does effectively. It is vital to ensure blood sugar levels do not get too low.

High blood pressure medication: Moringa has shown to be effective at lowering blood pressure. Taking moringa alongside other drugs that lower blood pressure may result in it becoming too low.

If you want to read further what other studies have been done to investigate the side effects Moringa, refer to the literature below.

  1.  Stohs, SJ, and Hartman, MJ (2015), Review of the Safety and Efficacy of Moringa oleifera. Phytother. Res., 29, 796–804. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5325.
  2. Benefits of Moringa and Side Effects at lybrate.com

8 Ways to Use Moringa In Your Diet

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Moringa powder can be consumed as juice.

Making the switch to a healthy diet isn’t about changing everything you eat, but slowly adding one healthy element at a time. 

Moringa Juice

One of the easiest ways to get the dose of moringa that you’re looking for, is to mix it into a juice.

  • All you have to do is select your favorite juice, and mix a half teaspoon into it.
  • Don’t add too much or it could ruin the flavor of your juice.
  • Adding a small amount of honey to retain a pleasant flavor.
  • Try adding a warm teaspoon of honey so that it can blend more efficiently.

Moringa Protein Shake

  • Add the powder to your favorite protein shake, while keeping it less than a tea spoon amount.  

Moringa Salad

Another easy way to ingest moringa powder is adding it to your favorite salad.

  • Make your favorite salad that has a wide variety of flavors like a cobb, or waldorf salad.
  • Sprinkle a half teaspoon over the top of the salad.
  • The multiple flavors from the salad should cover the flavor of the moringa pretty easily without having to add any other ingredients.

Moringa in Cooked Meals

  • Add moringa powder to the food when slightly wet and it sticks powered ingredients to their surface.
  • For example, if you make fried chicken, then you will want to sprinkle the moringa powder over the top of the chicken when it is freshly draining, but slightly cooled compared to when you first pull it out.

Add Moringa Powder to Capsules

  1. Look for ingestible capsules at your local natural grocery store or on Amazon.
  2. Add moringa powder to it and consume with any liquid and they dissolve in your stomach naturally.
  3. This process usually takes between 25 – 40 minutes depending on your stomach acids and what else you ate during or around that time.

Moringa Tea

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The leaves are slightly laxative.

For tea consumption, you will need moringa’s LEAVES, which helps with constipation. 

  1. Place moringa leaves into the boiled water, but avoid putting directly into the boiling water so the heat won’t reduce the nutritional value.
  2. Let it steep for at least 5 minutes, and then pour fresh moringa tea.  

Moringa Flower Tea

  1. Simply boil some water and turn off the heat, steep moringa powder and moringa flower petals in a store-bought tea bag for homemade tea bagging.
  2. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes and enjoy your fresh moringa flower tea.

Eat the Whole Moringa

  • If you manage to get the whole plant, instead of in the form of powder, try consuming it directly.
  • As far as many plants go, the moringa tree has a distinction as being one of the types of plants that you can basically eat in total except for roots.

Conclusion

Moringa’s amazing health benefits outweight the negative side effects for most healthy people.

  • Women in child birth years should avoid the product due to its anti-fertility nature.
  • If you’re sensitive to laxative effect, tea leaves consumption might irritate your stomach.
  • Diebetic patients could experience even lower blood sugar below the recommended levels.
  • Any medications used by liver can lead to side effects and complications.